Cute and full of personality, Puku is like a little cartoon character you can sit on. Although inspired by time spent in Japan, Puku takes its name from a traditional Māori word. It means ‘chubby belly’. Popular for living rooms, break out areas, galleries and nurseries, Puku will happily rest on your floor like a sleepy animal in hibernation.
Kate Stokes grew up in Western Australia and studied industrial design at Curtin University, graduating in 2006. After exhibiting at the Milan International Furniture Fair in 2006, Kate took up a creative development role with Little Creatures Brewing in Fremantle where she was involved in a diverse set of projects from packaging and web design to the interior design of Little Creatures Dining Hall in Fitzroy in 2008, and many strange and wonderful things in between. She then moved to Melbourne and worked in a communications role with State of Design Festival during 2009 and 2010. At the end of 2009 Kate decided to return to furniture design and start her own practice. Kate received an Australia Council ‘ArtStart’ grant at the beginning of 2010 is now focusing on developing a range of furniture, produced locally in Victoria as well as working on graphic and interior projects for clients.